On the Friday of Week 8 in Term 3 the Year 7s of Pembroke School invited their grandparents and grandfriends along to Grandparents Day. Many grandparents had not seen beyond the border of the Middle School, so it was a great experience for them to finally see inside. This day also gave us another chance to connect with our grandparents. Some of the visitors were old scholars who were pleasantly surprised about how the School had changed since they had attended.
We greeted our grandparents at the Pavilion across the road. Here they helped themselves to a morning tea that consisted of sandwiches, fruit, pastries and muffins, with tea to go with it. Here we also gave our grandparents a brief on what was ahead of us.
Our grandparents were led to an assembly prepared especially for them, but not without passing the Medlin cupcake stall, where they (and their grandchildren) had a cupcake or two. In the end Medlin raised $924 for their charity the Childhood Cancer Association from purchases.
The assembly soon started with a welcoming musical number played by the Year 7 String Quartet comprising Timothy, Kevin and Adden. They played Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged by Timothy himself. Later on we also had another item performed by Marissa on the flute, playing Al’s Café. Both were amazing pieces that lightened up the assembly. Afterwards were speeches from Mr Lawry (in place of an absent Mr Thomson) and Mr Macpherson, sharing some wonderful memories of their grandparents. The students in the Year 7 English classes had been asked to write a letter to their grandparents. Cameron, Alice and Navah (reading for someone else) were chosen to read their letters out at the assembly. All the stories shared were very heartwarming.
To round out the assembly, a small presentation was given about the Cycle 4 Sam fundraiser the week before, with prizes given to Jem and Sophia for winning the virtual bike race in their age group.
Next, the grandparents were treated to a tour of the Middle School. They were shown around different areas of the campus including the Library, Technology Centre, Art rooms and Science labs. They were also allowed a sneak peak into Maths, English and Geography classes. They were all amazed at the vast facilities we had and were always comparing them to their schooldays.
At the end of lesson 3, it was time to say goodbye to our visitors. They all had a great time and loved seeing the environment that surrounds us every schooling day. I think that the students and grandfriends could both agree on what a wonderful School we are privileged to attend.
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